National Scholars Program

National Scholars Award for out-of-state students

Deadline: February 15

Awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 for students who meet the following requirements:

  • U.S Citizen or permanent resident
  • Entering first-time freshman for the fall semester
  • Non-resident status. Residents of Kentucky and the reciprocal Southern Indiana counties (Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Perry, Scott and Washington) are not eligible.

If you qualify for the National Scholars Program, you will be notified following your admission to the University of Louisville. No separate application is required.

UofL does not accept superscore ACT scores. UofL accepts weighted GPAs if available from high school. If the student increases his/her ACT or SAT score or GPA to move into a new scholarship award level, UofL will increase those awards until February 15. After February 15, an award recipient may appeal for an increased award if their profile improves. Late admission applicants may also appeal for an award after the deadline.

To be considered for the National Scholars Program, you must submit a completed application for admission to UofL, the $50 application fee, ACT or SAT scores and an official high school transcript. The National Scholars Award cannot be combined with either the Grawemeyer Scholarship, Brown Fellows Program or National Merit finalist scholarship.

Criteria for National Scholars Award*

Award ValueCriteria
$15,00032 ACT/1400 SAT and 3.75 GPA or higher
$12,00030 ACT/1330 SAT and 3.5 GPA or higher

25 ACT/1130 SAT and 3.75 GPA & higher

26 ACT/1170 SAT and 3.35 GPA & higher

27-29 ACT/1210-1320 SAT and 3.25 GPA & higher

30 ACT/1330 SAT or higher and 3.49 GPA


25 ACT/1130 SAT and 3.35-3.74 GPA

26 ACT/1170 SAT and 3.25-3.34 GPA

27-29 ACT/1210-1320 SAT and 3.0-3.24 GPA


24 ACT/1090 SAT and 3.5 GPA

25 ACT/1130 SAT and 3.0-3.34 GPA

26 ACT/1170 SAT and 3.0-3.24 GPA

*The information is a scale of National Scholars Awards

Note: Students planning to participate in UofL Division 1 sports programs are encouraged to check with UofL coaches for additional requirements on receipt of merit based aid.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 502.852.6531 and ask to speak with a counselor.

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